This paper offers a critical examination of Whitley Strieber's "The Key" (2001/2011) focusing on instances of intertextuality between the book and the rest of Strieber's oeuvre. It takes a sustained, scholarly look at the variety of claims made by Strieber in support of the book's authenticity as containing a transcription of an actual conversation, and reconsiders Strieber's work in light of his many problems with confabulation. Originally presented at strieberthekey.com
May 2, 2019 Subject:
Problems with Strieber and The Key
Although not unbiased and a little too long, the author's essay successfully shows the problems with Whitley Strieber. Strieber tends to contradicts himself abundantly with a surprising lack of self-awareness. He recycles old ideas as if they were new, many taken from the Gurdjieff Foundation. He makes predictions taken from science articles published in newspapers and magazines and presents them as predictions from the "visitors". He insists in positioning himself at the center of some great mystery. I suspect some of Strieber's earlier experiences were "real" in the sense of not being entirely the product of his mind. But he has an obvious tendency toward fantasizing—in an often self-indulgent sort of way—that can be extraordinarily frustrating. Recommended for people who have been fascinated by the Communion question but now have doubts.